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New Batch of USA Basketball Measurements Released on DraftExpress

New Batch of USA Basketball Measurements Released on DraftExpress
Oct 03, 2014, 01:51 pm
Measurements of 56 prospects who participated in the training camps of USA Basketball's U17 and U18 teams, have been released on DraftExpress, and added to our extensive database.

12 players, mostly from the U18 national team which participated in the FIBA Americas Championship in June, are already on college campuses and are eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft.

The rest are elite high school prospects, ranging from just having turned 16 years old (Seventh Woods, Terrell Brown, Harry Giles or Jayson Tatum), to turning 19 in the next few months, such as Tyler Dorsey, Allonzo Trier or Malachi Richardson.

The measurements include listings for height with and without shoes (sometimes both, sometimes either/or), weight, wingspan, and often standing reach for most prospects.

Because of how diligent USA Basketball has become about integrating the elite high school players into their program (which Pete Thamel of SI recently chronicled in great depth), and then continuing to track their development as they mature into their college career, we can now get a much clearer picture for how players are evolving from a physical standpoint from these measurements.

A player like Harry Giles for example, already has four sets of measurements we can sift through, which show us that he's grown two inches in the past two years, added 15 pounds to his frame, and also seen his standing reach grow accordingly. Diamond Stone on the other hand, who has three years of measurement data spanning from 2012 to 2014, has also grown around two inches, but has lost 15 pounds.

Observations

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Thomas Welsh was the tallest player measured among the group by two inches, coming out at an impressive 7-0 without shoes, although with a less impressive 6-11 wingspan, the same as Arizona bound Justin Simon, who stands only 6-4 in shoes.


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Myles Turner measured similarly this June as he did at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, now standing just a shade under 7-feet, with a gigantic 7-4 wingspan. He added 13 pounds in the eight months between October of last year and June.


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Potential one and done prospect Stanley Johnson seems to be growing still, as he measured 6-7 in shoes last October, but seems to have added about an inch of height and possibly an inch to an inch and a half of wingspan as well. He's a chiseled 243 pounds, which will make him an absolute load to deal with for college defenders on the wing, and considering he doesn't turn 19 until a month before the 2015 draft, he may not be done growing yet.


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Another player who appears to still be growing is Duke freshman Justise Winslow. He measured 6-4 ½ without shoes in June of 2013, but seems to have grown an inch and a half in the span of a year, and will likely be listed at 6-7 at least. He also added 11 pounds to his chiseled frame in that time.


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Tyus Jones only grew a quarter of an inch in the span of a year according to our measurements, but added 16 pounds to his frame, which he likely needed to do. His wingspan is now listed at a respectable 6-5 ¼, which helps compensate somewhat for the fact that he's only 6-1.


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Isaiah Briscoe may only be 6-3 in shoes, but his 6-9 wingspan gives him able height to defend shooting guards.


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Malachi Richardson is a little undersized for a shooting guard at 6-3 ¼ in shoes, but his 7-0 wingspan more than makes up for that.


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Many feel that Jaylen Brown is the most talented player in high school basketball, and nothing about his USA Basketball measurements this past June will discourage that. Brown measured a terrific 6-6 ½ without shoes, giving him ample size for a NBA small forward, to go along with a 6-11 ½ wingspan. He also weighs 217 pounds.


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This summer marked our first entries in the measurements database for elite 2015 high school prospect Stephen Zimmerman. He looks very impressive from a physical standpoint, coming out at 6-10 without shoes, with an excellent 7-3 wingspan


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Elite 2015 big man Diamond Stone measured in at 7'0 in shoes with a 246-pound frame and a solid, but not spectacular 7'3.5 wingspan. Though he has a shorter standing reach, Stone is almost exactly the same size as Karl Towns was when he was measured at the Nike Hoop Summit this spring, considering Stone measured 6'10 in shoes around the same weight last summer, it will be interesting to see how he measures out on the All-Star circuit eight months from now.


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Highly regarded Huntington Prep center Thomas Bryant measured an impressive 6'9 in shoes with a 7'5.5 wingspan. Bryant's +8.5 wingspan-to-height differential is simply phenomenal, but he also weighed in at 241 pounds, some 20 pounds heavier than he was at the Nike Skill Academies in the spring. If this is any indication of how Bryant's once-lanky frame is filling out, he'll be a player to watch as he enters his final year of high school.


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Harry Giles measured 6'9 without shoes with a 7'3 wingspan. He's always had nice size and length for a power forward, but his weight is up to 218, some 10 pounds heavier than last summer, which is a promising development given how consistently light he'd measured in previous years.


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Class of 2016 point guard prospect Lonzo Ball measured 6'4.5 in shoes with a 6'7 wingspan. He has outstanding size for his position, but his 162-pound frame remains a work in progress as it ranks among the lightest measured by USA Basketball this summer.


-Highly touted 2015 big man Doral Moore measured 7'0 with a 7'3 wingspan and a solid 246 pound frame. He is one of the more promising interior players in his class physically, and has gained roughly 25 pounds since last year.


-Indiana high school star Caleb Swanigan was the heaviest player in attendance at 272 pounds. He's not all that tall, standing just 6'7.25, but his 7'3 wingspan and strength certainly help him compensate.


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New Virginia resident V.J. King measured 6'5 without shoes, but his 7'0 wingspan was among the top marks among wings.


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Dennis Smith measured a middling 6'0.5 in shoes, but has gained some 15 pounds since last season. His 8'1 standing reach doesn't jump off the page among point guards historically, though players like Jay Williams and Stephen Curry certainly found ways to make it work.


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Malik Monk has a tremendous 8'7.5 reach despite measuring just 6'1.75 without shoes. His 6'7 wingspan is impressive for a player his size. He's gained some 15 pounds over the last 2 years, going from 159 to 175 pounds, but still needs to continue getting stronger.


Full List Of Players With Updated Measurements
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Allonzo Trier
Amir Coffey
Antonio Blakeney
Austin Grandstaff
Bryant Crawford
Caleb Swanigan
Chase Jeter
Daniel Giddens
De'Aaron Fox
Dennis Smith
Derryck Thornton
Deveral Ramsey
Diamond Stone
D.J. Williams
Doral Moore
Dwayne Morgan
Eric Davis
Glynn Watson
Harry Giles
Henry Ellenson
Isaiah Briscoe
Ivan Rabb
Jakeenan Gant
Jalen Brunson
Jaylen Brown
Jayson Tatum
Jessie Govan
Josh Jackson
Justin Simon
Justise Winslow
Kameron Chatman
Kobi Simmons
Leron Black
Lonzo Ball
Luke Kennard
Malachi Richardson
Malik Monk
Malik Newman
Marquese Chriss
Mustapha Heron
Myles Turner
Payton Pritchard
Quentin Goodin
Seventh Woods
Stanley Johnson
Stephen Zimmerman
Terrance Ferguson
Terrell Brown
Thomas Bryant
Thomas Welsh
T.J. Leaf
Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Lydon
Tyus Battle
Tyus Jones
V.J. King

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